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AFTER: Restoration of beautiful detailed vintage doorplate

I have been rediscovering the beauty of vintage hardware recently. The back door to our garage had an old doorplate that had been covered in many many layers of paint. I recently found out that it’s very easy to remove paint from small pieces of hardware like the door plate. All you need is an old pot, something that you will not be using to cook food, and a little baking soda. You just put a few tablespoons of baking soda in your old pot, fill it three-quarters of the way full with water, pop in your hardware, bring it to a boil, then reduce the heat to simmer and simmer for about 15 minutes. The paint just lifts right off. ┬áThis piece of hardware had many layers of paint on it, so I did repeat the process about 3 or 4 times before all the paint came off. I love how it looks now that’s back to the original finish.

Doorplate after many layers of paint were removed

Doorplate after many layers of paint were removed

This is the door plate after one round of boiling

This is the door plate after one round of boiling

Simmering the paint off the doorplate

Simmering the paint off the doorplate

Pot purchased from the a thrift store for only $2

Pot purchased from the a thrift store for only $2

The paint literally lifts off the doorplate

The paint literally lifts off the doorplate

A vintage black ceramic knob now graces the restored doorplate

A vintage black ceramic knob now graces the restored doorplate

The detail in the doorplate is beautiful. I really enjoy it.

The detail in the doorplate is beautiful. I really enjoy it.

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BEFORE: Vintage doorplate painted over

This is the back door to our garage. An antique doorplate with beautiful detailing is hidden under many layers of paint. Check out my next post to see how I removed the paint without harsh chemicals.housepaint 020, originally uploaded by kellyinbernal.

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Crafty sweater wreath

Blog Projects 012, originally uploaded by kellyinbernal.

I saw a similar item in the Viva Terra catalog and had to try to make it myself. I love how it turned out. It’s actually just old sweaters of mine cut into squares and threaded onto a wire hanger fashioned into a hoop.

First I picked my colors. Then I cut the sweaters into roughly 4×4 squares. I realized that I like how it turned out better when the squares are not exactly the same size. I also rolled a few of the squares here and there and threaded them onto the wire hanger instead of threading through the center of the square. This gave it more texture and interest.

I love how a wreath is so welcoming on the front door. Since the colors are red, gray, and blue it’s not too Christmas-y. I haven’t wanted to take it down since I made it.

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Custom Hallway Runner for practically free

Blog Projects 009, originally uploaded by kellyinbernal.

My 103 year old house has a winding road of a hallway. I love it. But when it came to putting down a runner it was a real challenge. I simply could not find anything I liked for a price that felt ok. My local carpet store could cut and bind a runner for me – for $400. I wasn’t interested. Then I stumbled upon several craft geniuses who had posted their own DIY carpet runners – Flor style. Inspired, I went to my local carpet store, received several carpet squares for free, and set about placing them in a pattern until I found something I liked. I did consult my artistic boyfriend and one of my fellow crafters on the design before settling on the pattern you see in the picture.

How did we do it?

(1) Go to carpet store and ask for freebies. It was actually incredibly easy to get co-ordinating squares since most samples are part of a collection.
(2) Buy duct tape or carpet tape. We tried both. Duct tape us better.
(3) Buy a Carpet pad that you can cut to size. This is actually the most critical element because it keeps the squares from shifting. The tape will not hold unless you have the help of a carpet pad.
(4) Lay out your squares until you find a pattern you like
(5) Tape in sections of three or four squares at a time. Do not try to start at one end and go to the other. The more squares you have taped together the harder it is to keep lifting it up to tape more.
(6) Cut you carpet pad to size.
(7) Enjoy

I love how it turned out. The colors are soft but interesting. They coordinate with the rest of my hallway. It looks like stepping stones. My little 6 year old niece played hopscotch on the runner during her last visit. Best of all my downstairs neighbor is happy.

Here is my inspiration:

http://www.apartmenttherapy.com/la/flickr-finds/flickr-finds-diy-hallrunner-from-carpet-samples-046989

And more links to awesome carpet sample reuse:

http://www.apartmenttherapy.com/sf/flickr-finds/sf-flickr-finds-katherines-carpet-sample-rug-050044

http://www.amplesample.net/2008/

http://www.atticmag.com/2009/05/ample-sample-competition/

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Gift set packaging gets new life as a Spice Rack

Picture 011, originally uploaded by kellyinbernal.

This wooden box was the packaging for a Holiday Gift Set from the Body Shop, circa 2000. My handyman drilled a couple holes in the wall and hung it up vertically. It now houses our tea and spices.

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